From May 20th to June 28th, WAAW Foundation in partnership with the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) foundation implemented two training workshops of the She Hacks Africa coding boot camp, an initiative whose goal is to improve the livelihood of young Nigerians and increase the number of females in technology workforce.
The training workshops held in Lagos and Abuja (Cohort 10 and 11) impacted a total of 65 youth in technology entrepreneurship. Participants were introduced to the basics of website development (Front-end and Back-end programming), Github, as well as mobile app development using Ionic framework.
In addition to the technical sessions, participants had intensive and engaging sessions on Cybersecurity – facilitated by Rotimi Ajasa, CEO of Troan Digital Limited, Business and leadership led by LEAP AFRICA, is a youth-focused, leadership development organization whose mission is to raise dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders. As well as a thought-provoking session on how to sustain and scale up start-ups in Nigeria, led by Mr. Bankole Oloruntoba, CEO Nigeria Climate Innovation Center.
Participants had time to bond and work in teams through fun activities and the development of their projects. Each group consisting of about 7 students was tasked with solving a societal problem using a technical solution. Participants came with twelve unique social entrepreneurial ideas addressing problems in Health, Environment (Waste Management) and Education.
The boot camps ended with a final Pitch and closing ceremony. The teams presented their projects to a group of Judges, who are experts in Business, Investment, and technology. Among the Judges were Emeka Okoye, CEO of Semantic Nigeria Limited, Florence Okosun, Software Engineer, Showclix, Hilda Awomolu, Head of Content, She Leads Africa, Ayodeji Oji, and Program Manager, ACT Foundation. The event ended with the presentation of certificate of completion to participants.